QUEZON CITY, September 7 (PIA)--The minimum wage in Metro Manila has been increased to P466 after the Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board of the National Capital Region (RTWPB-NCR) unanimously decided Friday to integrate P15 of the existing P30 Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) under RTWPB-NCR Wage Order No. 17 into the basic wage effective 1 January 2014.
The minimum wage consists of a basic wage and COLA.
The wage hike is mandated in RTWPB-NCR Wage Order No. 18, signed by--- DOLE-NCR Regional Director Alex Avila, also the board’s chair; and by the wage board's vice chairpersons--NEDA Assistant Director General Rosemarie G. Edillon and Trade and Industry Department Director Ferdinand L. Manfoste; and the board members-- representing the labor sector, German N. Pascua, Jr. of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines, and Jessie L. Aguilar of the TUPAS; members representing the employers sector Vicente Leogardo, Jr. and Alberto R. Quimpo of the Employers' Confederation of the Philippines.
In a statement, Avila said that the new minimum wage applies to all minimum wage workers in the private sector in Metro Manila regardless of their position, designation, or status of employment, and irrespective of the method by which they are paid.
However, household or domestic helpers; persons in the personal service of another, including family drivers; and workers of duly registered Barangay Micro Business Enterprises (BMBEs) with Certificates of Authority pursuant to RA 9178 are not included in the new wage order.
Under the new wage order, the RTWPB-NCR shall issue corresponding advisories on the second tier, or the performance-based pay which shall serve as guidelines for private establishments on the range of productivity bonuses and incentives that an enterprise may provide based on agreements between workers and employers.
The Rules and Regulations Implementing the Wage Order are to be issued by the NCR Board within 10 days from its publication, subject to approval of the Secretary of Labor as recommended by the Commission. The new wage order takes effect 15 days after its publication in a newspaper of general circulation. (DOLE-NCR/RJB/SDL/PIA-NCR